The Ministry of Water, Sanitation and Irrigation Chief Administrative Secretary (CAS), Dr Andrew Tuimur, today, visited Chemase Irrigation Project in Nandi County which is a government initiative to improve irrigation in the County.
Chemase project which occupy 10,000 acres is set to serve 1,050 households thus contributes to the government’s target of improving the current 6,000 acres under irrigation to 1.2million acres by the year 2030.
Tuimur who paid a Courtesy call to the County Commissioner’s office, said the first Phase of the project initiated in 2012 cost Sh172 million whereas the second Phase which commenced in 2017 amounted to Sh39million.
He further said that for the Ministry to achieve the target there was need to work together with the County Government as well as all relevant stakeholders in a bid to increase water capacity for irrigation purposes.
“As a government we are looking forward to increasing irrigation capacity in this County as well as the Country at large. To achieve this, there has to be coordination among all stakeholders. I believe by 2030, there will be adequate supply of water for irrigation thus ensure food security,” said Dr Tuimur.
He said there are a number of water projects within the County that are going on under the Lake Victoria North Water Works Development Agency, to ensure sanitation is improved in Kapsabet and Nandi Hills among other towns in Nandi.
He noted that Nandi Hill’s Sh 400million water project which is 25 per cent complete is one of the major project that is set to serve residents within the town, thus address the water shortage being experienced by the locals, adding that it will be of great importance to the upcoming Koitalel University.
The CAS said that the governments wants to ensure water coverage is improved from the current 67 percent countrywide to 100 percent before the end of 2030.
He said the Keben Pipeline Water Project is being relooked by the engineers to source funding for completion as it will also address the water shortage in the area.
“We want to ensure equitable access to water and sanitation services. This is why we want to ensure all the projects in the six Sub-counties in Nandi are completed to cater for the water shortage being experienced,” he stated.
There are 13 water projects going on in Nandi that are meant to ensure equitable resources.